Our guests today (all visiting for the first time) include -- Ravi Aithal and Shubha Maiya (originally from Karnataka), who now reside in Reston, VA. Also Nalini (previously from Tamil Nadu) and Debrarata (from Orissa) current residents of Los Angeles. All of our guests attended the morning puja and were moved by the powerful darshan of the Kadavul Shiva Temple.
Pujas have continued in this beautiful Shiva Temple every three hours, twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year since the temple was established by the Founder and geat visionary, Sat Siva Guru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami over three and a half decades ago.
Visitors in front of the Temple tank (L/R) are Helen Goodman and Leo Gulko, (previously from Kiev, Russia), now longtime residents of San Francisco, CA.; and Lyn and Gary Earp from Kennewick, WA. all enjoying the peace, beauty, and wonder of this blessed spiritual paradise.
Within our Saiva Siddhanta Holy Scriptures the Saiva Agamas explain the basis of temple ceremonies and worship plus yoga and jnana. The Tirukural was considered by Gurudeva to be "the most accessible and relevant sacred text." In it are practical and helpful guidelines for our conduct in every day life. The point of family life is to gain steady improvement, forever, in self control in the midst of responsibilities in the fulfillment of family dharma. Meanwhile, not taking detachment too far but taking it in the sense of spiritually looking for happiness, not outside in other people or possessions, the world, but inside ourselves and then sharing it with family and friends. "We regard the writings of our satgurus as scripture."
Path to Siva, Lesson 20
Tirukural, Introduction and Contents
Tirukural, Chapter 15 Possession of Self-Control
"The temple enables us to feel the presence of God, Gods and devas." We use our inner eyes to see what's going on in the temple, the three worlds. In the temple we're being good dvaitists in the dimfi perspective, focused in bhakti upon God Siva. In meditation we're monists, in the shumif perspective. We claim our oneness with Siva, Sivoham, I am Siva. In surrender, shrinking the ego through devotion, we have a realization that we're not the doer, that Siva is doing it all. Siva's energy comes through our soul.